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Bitter Seeds: 10/21/18
Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis supposes that WWII was fought with supernatural forces. The British have demons. British intelligence suggests that the Axis powers are up to something sinister. They aim to find out what it is.
The scenes are set up as little vignettes written with the same gritty realism as an Alan Furst's Night Soldiers series. Except that there's that lingering supernatural aspect to it.
Here's the thing. WWII was a horrendous war. What makes the Nazis the monsters that they were is that they were human — mortal. Muggle, to borrow Rowling's term.
By adding in monsters — the undead — they become less evil. Whatever atrocities these fictional Nazis commit can be credited to an otherworldly influence. There's no heart of darkness here — no man's inhumanity to man. They can be exorcised and exonerated. Their monsters can be destroyed without guilt or without wondering how someone could become so hateful.